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From the January 2014 issue

Between October 1 and December 1, the nation witnessed the most remarkable reversal of political fortune in recent memory and what may prove to have...

To the Editor: Jonathan S. Tobin’s report of the demise of American Judaism based on the Pew study, though understandable, is greatly exaggerated [“Loving Us to...

Ariel Sharon often seemed bluff and simple, and he would play that role: in discussions with his kitchen cabinet down at his ranch (they called...

The Founders at Home:The Building of America, 1735-1817By Myron MagnetW.W. Norton, 472 pages Among the many blessings this country has experienced, perhaps none compares with the...

To the Editor: Michael Doran’s excellent article “Is Obama Like Ike?” [October 2013] is a fascinating comparison of Eisenhower’s and Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle...

My Promised Land:The Triumph and Tragedy of IsraelBy Ari ShavitSpiegel & Grau, 464 pages Ari Shavit’s new portrait of Israel neither demonizes nor whitewashes the country,...

To the Editor: As a relatively recent oleh and a long-standing admirer of Ruth R. Wisse, I found myself in agreement with her perception of the...

Fifty Years ago, Norman Mailer was, after J.D. Salinger, postwar America’s most famous writer of literary fiction. Today Mailer’s name no longer figures other than...

The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and LeftBy Yuval LevinBasic Books, 296 pages The conventional wisdom among elite liberals is...

The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and...

Let’s talk about something more cheerful. Have you any news of the cholera in Odessa? -Sholem Aleichem On his first trip to America in 1906, Sholem Aleichem...

The death of Nelson Mandela on December 5 instantly became an occasion for liberals to bash conservatives for failing to support Mandela’s cause in the...

Way back in 2009, when the world was young and the website healthcare.gov was just a gleam in the glass eye of a government computer...

To the Editor: Lahav Harkov’s essay on Israel’s Jewish character is important and timely [“Making the Jewish State a ‘Jewish State,’” October 2013]. But why didn’t...

On November 24, 2013, a “Joint Plan of Action” was concluded in Geneva by Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United...

In 2011, the acclaimed fashion designer John Galliano lost his job at Christian Dior. The reason, as Daniel Jonah Goldhagen explains in his latest book,...

The literary wunderkind-turned-editor-turned-philanthropist Dave Eggers begins his new novel in heaven, or at least heaven as imagined by its 24-year-old protagonist, Mae Holland: “A million...

  I Rashi and his wife sit down to dinner. “This chicken is a little dry,” Rashi says. “Do you have to comment on everything?” his wife says. II The Korpotchniker...
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January 2014